Japan: Is it safe to travel to the country after third earthquake in three weeks?

Earthquakes have plagued Japan through the start of 2019. The latest tremor struck on the island of Kyushu on January 26. Fortunately no casualties were reported but the natural disaster followed two similar events in the country in the space of weeks. Japan welcomes thousands of British holidaymakers every year, yet could their journeys be […]

Holidays 2019: The best countries to travel to next year – including Turkey and Japan

Holidays in 2019 are just around the corner with a few days to go until the new year rolls in. Many Britons will be planning when to take their annual leave, as well as what destination to travel to. Thankfully, there are a number of countries which should be visited in 2019 for a range […]

Japan to resume commercial whaling in 2019, defying decades-old intl moratorium

Following years of “scientific” whaling, Japan’s whalers will resume commercial operations in 2019, according to a government decision. It defies a 1986 international moratorium on hunting endangered species. Tokyo has decided to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC), meaning that Japanese whalers will be able to resume commercial hunting for the first time in over […]

Extraordinary Images of Everyday Life in Japan

“People are living life desperately,” writes photographer Shin Noguchi, who first came to our attention via Bored Panda. “Sometimes lonely, sometimes helping each other, sometimes crying, sometimes laughing. I capture people going about daily life because there are moments that they themselves do not realize are more beautiful and full of human touch than the […]

5 missing US Marines declared dead after plane crash off the coast of Japan

The US Marine Corps called off its search for five missing Marines on Monday, after a F/A-18 Hornet fighter and C-130 Hercules cargo plane collided during a refueling exercise near Japan. The service members’ next-of-kin have been notified. The Marine Corps pointed to the missing KC-130’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders, and said it […]

Sony and Rhapsody prep an audiophile streaming service for Japan

It’s notoriously difficult for streaming music services to get a foothold in Japan — this is a country where CDs still reign (72 percent of music revenue was for physical media in 2017). All the same, Sony and Rhapsody are giving it a shot. They’re launching Japan’s first audiophile-grade streaming music service, Mora Qualitas, in […]

Get new manga when Japan does with Shonen Jump’s subscription service

Shonen Jump, one of the most beloved and longest-running manga magazines on Earth is once again reinventing itself. First printed in 1968, the publication has hosted its American localization as an online magazine since 2012 and, come December 17th, will offer a subscription service delivering the latest chapters from popular series the same that that […]

2 Marine Corps aircraft were involved in a ‘mishap’ over Japan, and a search-and-rescue operation is underway

US Air National Guard/Senior Master Sgt. Roger Parsons Search-and-rescue operations are underway for two US Marine Corps aircraft involved in a “mishap” off the coast of Japan. An F/A-18 fighter and a KC-130 cargo plane taking part in a aerial refueling exercise reportedly collided and crashed. Two crew members have been found so far. Search-and-rescue […]

France to retire 14 nuclear reactors while Japan restarts 5 of its reactors

Enlarge / Smoke rises from the cooling towers of the nuclear plant of Dampierre-en-Burly near Orleans, central France, on October 23, 2018. (credit: GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images) In a speech this week, French President Emmanuel Macron talked about the country’s future plans for nuclear power, saying France would retire 14 nuclear reactors but on a slower […]